Rodney E. Slater

by Edward Cates
Rodney E. Slater
Partner & Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Rodney E. Slater is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.


In this role, Slater practices in the areas of transportation, infrastructure and public policy. Slater possesses substantial federal and state regulatory and public policy experience.


Slater previously served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 1997 to 2001. Previously, Slater was the first African-American Director of the Federal Highway Administration from 1993 to 1997.


Following his tenure as part of President Bill Clinton’s administration, Slater became a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.


Slater has an extensive list of community and civic affiliations including serving on the Board of Directors of Africare, The Dance Theater of Harlem and serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way.


Slater holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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